Rays’ Brendan McKay tops player for Friday, Sept. 6; Brewers’ Yelich extends lead among NL batters

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Rays pitcher Brendan McKay is Friday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of Sept. 6.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 24.2
2 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 23.8
3 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 18.7
4 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp tb al 16.8
5 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 16.7
6 Bieber, Shane 4005 pi sp cle al 16.1
7 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 15.4
8 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 14.4
9 Corbin, Patrick 3027 sp pi dc nl 14.4
10 Buehler, Walker 3943 pi sp lad nl 14.4
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Also Friday, Christian Yelich of the Brewers extended his lead among National League batters in 2019 Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors.

Player of the Day—McKay struck out seven over 3 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and no walks, in the 5-0 win over the Blue Jays.

McKay did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because he did not pitch the requisite five innings to earn the win as a starter. However, since he did pitch at least three innings, he was eligible to earn Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors.

McKay earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 3.0 for the season, 321st among all players and 80th among American League pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Mauricio Dubon of the Giants homered, doubled and went 3-for-4, scoring once and driving in three runs, in the 5-4 win over the Dodgers.

Dubon had a Box-Toppers game score Friday of +3.0, tied with two other NL batters who earned Player of the Game honors Friday. Both Ketel Marte of the Diamondbacks and Christian Yelich of the Brewers also had similar line scores (3-4 R 3BI), however Dubon earned NL Player of the Day honors in a tiebreaker because he had a homer and a double, while both Marte and Yelich each hit only one home run in their games. That meant Dubon earned 1.7 Box-Toppers points Friday while Marte and Yelich each earned 1.0 point.

This was also Dubon’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Dubon made his Major League debut July 7 and was playing in his ninth career game.

American League Batter of the Day—Willie Calhoun of the Rangers hit two home runs, including a three-run shot, going 2-for-5, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 7-6 win over the Orioles.

National League Batter of the Day—There is no separate NL Batter of the Day for Friday because the overall NL Player of the Day is batter Mauricio Dubon.

Rankings—Christian Yelich of the Brewers extended his lead among NL batters in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Friday.

Yelich (HR 3-4 R 3BI in the 7-1 win over the Cubs) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 11.7 for the season, most among the 16 who earned Player of the Game honors Friday. Yelich ranks 21st among all players and rises to first among all batters, passing Nelson Cruz of the Twins (11.0 points, ranked 30th overall). Yelich also extends his lead among NL batters ahead of second-place Freddie Freeman of the Braves (10.2).

Yelich also avoids tying the record for the lowest Box-Toppers point total to lead NL batters in a season. With 10.7 points Yelich had been tied with Nolan Arenado of the Rockies, who in 2016 led NL batters with 10.7 points. That is also the lowest point total to lead any major category (AL and NL pitching and batting) in a single season in Box-Toppers tracking history (which began in 1995).

Yelich has now exceeded his 2018 Box-Toppers point total of 11.5, which led NL batters.

Scoring—McKay earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Dubon earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Calhoun earns 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Friday’s other Players of the Game (listed in the chart below) earn 1.0 Box-Toppers point.

About Box-Toppers—Box-Toppers tracks who most helps their team win the most games. Using standard box score statistics, Box-Toppers uses a simple formula to determine a Player of the Game for each Major League Baseball game played. That player is the person who contributed most to his team’s win. In regular season games, players earn 1.0 Box-Toppers point for being named Player of the Game and can earn bonus points for being Player of the Day or top player or batter in their league for the day.

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Top player from each game

Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score (BTG)

9/6 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +9.2 `TB 5, TOR 0 Brendan McKay 3.2 1 0 0 0 7
+7.0 KC 3, MIA 0 Jorge Lopez (W, 3‑7) 6.0 4 0 0 0 5
+7.0 `DET 5, OAK 4 (F/11) Tyler Alexander 3.0 1 0 0 0 5
+5.0 LAA 5, CHW 4 Hansel Robles (W, 5‑0) 2.0 0 0 0 0 3
+4.1 CLE 6, MIN 2 (F/11) Tyler Clippard (W, 1‑0) 1.1 0 0 0 0 3
BAT +3.0 TEX 7, BAL 6 Willie Calhoun LF 5 2 2 4
+3.0 BOS 6, NYY 1 Mitch Moreland 1B 4 1 3 3
NL +3.0 SF 5, LAD 4 Mauricio Dubon SS 4 1 3 3
+3.0 ARI 7, CIN 5 Ketel Marte CF‑2B 4 1 3 3
+3.0 MIL 7, CHC 1 Christian Yelich RF 4 1 3 3
+3.0 OAK 7, DET 3 Chad Pinder LF‑RF 4 2 2 3
+3.0 ATL 4, WSH 3 Shane Greene (S, 23) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
+3.0 `HOU 7, SEA 4 Will Harris (H, 24) 1.0 1 0 0 0 3
+2.2 COL 3, SD 2 Tim Melville (W, 2‑1) 5.2 5 2 2 2 8
+2.1 PIT 9, STL 4 Felipe Vazquez (S, 25) 1.1 2 0 0 0 3
+1.0 NYM 5, PHI 4 Juan Lagares CF 1 1 1 0
MLB—Overall Box-Toppers Player of the Day, worth 2.0 total Box-Toppers points.
AL—Overall American League Player of the Day, worth 1.7 total Box-Toppers points.
NL—Overall National League Player of the Day, worth 1.7 total Box-Toppers points.
BAT—Top AL or NL Batter of the Day, worth 1.5 total Box-Toppers points.
All other players listed here earn Player of the Game honors, worth 1.0 Box-Toppers point.
` Pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.

Box-Toppers point totals of the day’s top players

Here are Box-Toppers point totals of each of the Player of the Game winners. Players are ranked by their Box-Toppers point total for the current season (’19). Also shown are each players’ Box-Toppers point total for this season and last (’18-19), the period 2014-2019 (’14-19) and each players’ career point total. Also shown is how their 2019 Box-Toppers point total compares with their 2018 total (+/-).

Player of the Game Pos Team ’19 ’18‑19 ’14‑19 Career +/‑
Yelich, Christian 3334 rf mil nl 11.7 23.2 43.7 43.7 +0.2
Vazquez, Felipe 3579 pi cp pit nl 7.7 13.7 18.7 18.7 +1.7
Marte, Ketel 3630 2b cf ari nl 7.0 11.0 12.0 12.0 +3.0
Robles, Hansel 3580 pi cp ana al 5.0 5.0 9.7 9.7 +5.0
Pinder, Chad 3871 rf lf ph oak al 3.0 7.0 10.5 10.5 -1.0
McKay, Brendan 4182 pi sp tb al 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 +3.0
Melville, Tim 4226 pi sp col nl 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 +3.0
Moreland, Mitch 2799 1b ph bos al 2.5 6.0 23.2 29.7 -1.0
Calhoun, Willie 4208 lf tex al 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 +2.5
Lopez, Jorge 4060 pi mr sp kc al 2.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 0.0
Lagares, Juan 3243 cf nym nl 2.0 2.0 7.0 8.0 +2.0
Alexander, Tyler 4196 pi sp det al 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Dubon, Mauricio 4243 ss sf nl 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.7 +1.7
Greene, Shane 3381 pi cp atl nl 1.0 5.0 20.0 20.0 -3.0
Clippard, Tyler 2291 pi mr cp cle al 1.0 2.0 7.0 32.4 0.0
Harris, Will 3093 pi mr hou al 1.0 1.0 6.7 8.7 +1.0
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